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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much, 17 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: 3M Privacy Filter - 17.0 inch Widescreen 16:10 - PF17.0W (Personal Computers)
The screen may be fine for most 17" laptops but is not really suitable for the MacBook Pro Unibody.

Pros:
1) The filter does prevent people seeing data on your screen
2) the filter has a gloss and a matt side so you can use it to reduce the glare on your screen ( main reason I purchased it was to reduce the glare on my Macbook pro)
3) Is removable (the tabs do get a bit loose if you do this too often, and you will get finger prints all over it)
4) the quality of the plastic seems to be fairly good

Cons:

1)The connectors that hold the filter in place look VERY cheap and tacky, on a sexy laptop in this, it looks like a do-it-yourself job.
2)If you have a high "dots per square inch" (DPI) resolution (like this17 inch screen) you will notice the separation of red green and blue, so it looks like a bit like you're looking through some kind of multicolour mesh. So not great during graphics or colour matching work. Does not produce the gauss effect so much for lower DPI screens, just tried it on my Samsung monitor.
3) There is a small piece cut out at the bottom of the filter so it looks a bit odd (its to help you remove the filter off the screen, still duff design)
4) I had to keep my screen on maximum brightness to match my previous monitor setting of 50%.
5) The battery life gets reduced by about 30% due to extra power consumption required to keep screen bright enough.

Overall it does what it says on the tin but don't expect it to do it in style or efficiency.
It doesn't fit the MacBook Pro well (wasn't expecting it either), I purchased it to reduce the glare on the screen without having to put the films on it and it does that well.

In short, buy it but don't expect too much from it, if you want a privacy filter this is fine, as a basic anti glare this will also works for non high dpi screens. Its a little pricey for what seems like some sort of polarised plastic, but hey, most of us can't make them at home for less then what you pay for this.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2011 14:37:26 GMT
F. alfadhel says:
I am planning to buy one for my 17inch Mac Book pro. Its an old Mac book pro, Yet, the dimension of filter is way higher than the screen, how were you able to fit it, did you cut it to size ?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2011 20:56:59 GMT
John
I also want to buy one but, will it suite an 17 inch laptop screen?

Posted on 22 Mar 2011 11:58:00 GMT
ddx90 says:
I've used these 3M filters for a number of years and they are great at what they do. I'd like to comment on some of the 'cons' you've mentioned.

1) You don't NEED to use the little 'tabs' to keep the screen in place, it works fine without them, especially on a laptop (less so on a desktop).
2) I've never noticed colour separation (not to say it doesn't exist).
3) The piece cut out of the filter is, as you suggest, for removing it, but I believe it should be at the TOP and not the bottom (makes it much easier to remove). I think it would be almost impossible to remove the filter were it not for this cutout so I'm glad it's there.
4) Yes, you will need to increase brightness but if you consider what it is you're doing, it's not entirely surprising.

If you have a need for a privacy filter, these do the job nicely. I've not tried others outside of 3M so can't comment on those but I'm very happy with the ones I have purchased and am now looking for another one for a different laptop.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 12:12:18 BDT
Dreams says:
It fits on the new MBP unibody without cutting it. it just covers the screen pixels / resolution size, ie it does not cover the FULL screen size (the 1cm black border around the screen) so if the resolution is the same then it should fit fine". They also come in smaller sizes.
All the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 12:14:15 BDT
Dreams says:
It will only cover the pixels on the MBP but should be fine for most 17" screens as they have the same resolution, check the diagonal pixel size as that is what this screen covers (just about).

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 12:20:58 BDT
Dreams says:
Agree with most of this except I tried using it without the tabs and it falls down to the bottom lip so the top looks bright (area without the filter) and the dust gets in between much more easily), I'm glad you like it and it works for you. I never said it didn't do its job, just said its not the perfect solution. Having paid a lot to have a sexy laptop, this reduces its ecstatics. Its just my personal opinion.
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